In addition to criminal charges, Dr. Mehran Zamani, who worked in Trumbull, has been sued by Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen.
All 28 doctors involved are accused of helping take more than $24 million in fraudulent Medicaid clams over two years in violation of the Connecticut False Claims Act and Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act.
"The complaint seeks restitution, treble damages and civil penalties as well as a permanent injunction against the unlawful acts and practices alleged in the complaint," according to a press release.
Two of the individuals named in the State’s complaint are . The two took part in illegally opening and running offices in Connecticut, prosecutors say.
“This is the first case the state has initiated under the Connecticut False Claims Act,” Jepsen said. “It gives the State the rightful ability to seek compensation for taxpayers from those who seek to abuse the system with false claims for reimbursements they are not eligible to receive.”
The Attorney General brought the unfair trade practices complaints at the request of Consumer Protection Commissioner William Rubenstein. “The allegations of the complaint are serious, and our consumer laws against unfair and deceptive practices protect state taxpayer dollars whenever medical providers make wrongful claims for reimbursement from the Medicaid program,” Rubenstein said.
The DSS administers the Connecticut Medical Assistance Program, which includes Medicaid, a joint federal-state program, which provides medical benefits for more than 500,000 low-income Connecticut residents.
The other accused practices, and other corporations created or controlled by the various individuals, include: E.G.A. Mangement, Inc., Haven Consulting, Inc. and AMZ Consulting, Inc., Dental Care of Connecticut, Inc., and N.B. Dental, Inc.; Electron Marketing, Inc. of Fall River, MA; Dental Group of Stamford, LLC and Dentists Group of Stamford, PC.
Also named were: Mehran Zamani, LLC, and Mehran Zamani, DDS, PC; Dental Group of Connecticut, LLC, and Dentists Group of Connecticut, PC; Dental Group of Waterbury, LLC, and Dentists Group of Waterbury, PC; Dental Group of Danbury, PC; Dental Group of New Britain, PC; Dental Group of Hartford, PC; Hartford Dental Care, LLC; Hartford Dental Incorporated, PC; Arbor Dental Association, LLC; Alpha Dental Group, PC; and Wintonbury Dental Associates, PC.
Anusivice is accused of opening offices without a license and accepting Medicaid payments after being banned from doing so. Zamani, who is licensed, and Anusivice ran offices together, prosecutors said.
Assistant Attorneys General Joshua Jackson and Karen Haabestad are handling this matter for the Attorney General with Forensic Fraud Examiners Lawrence Marini and David Boucher, and Assistant Attorney General Arnold Menchel, head of the Health Care Fraud department.